What's striking to me is that I realize how much the Sierra Club has to gain from our nation engaging in The Second American Constitutional Convention, yet the Sierra Club shows no awareness of this. The decision to be made to hold the Convention requires change flowing from the base upwards. However, what the actual purpose of the Convention is is to create change from the top down, and that is exactly what needs to happen for the new age of environmentalism in our country to be born.
The dynamic for this is actually more straightforward than might seem to be the case. I’m not sure if people are really less satisfied with public affairs than at any point in my life, or if we’re just bitching more. It strikes me that it is the former. If so, there is a lot of latent dissatisfaction available to be tapped into.
To rally support for a constitutional convention knowledge of the power that we will be taking back from organized government and temporarily depositing in the hands of the citizenry has to be broadly taught. Once properly understood, this dynamic can be counted on to have substantial appeal. To get a sense of control in public affairs that is currently lacking will be a hugely popular prospect.
It is because of this that the vast majority of people will become invested in the convention process, once it is underway, to the point of needing to have their daily report of progress. They will, through this exercise, become better observers and more accomplished thinkers, and that will redound to the benefit of all “causes” that rely upon a higher level of enlightenment for their popular support.
Sadly, the Sierra Club has a public perception of still being far more of a niche entity than there is really any excuse for. If and when we manage to raise the awareness level of the general society, the Sierra Club (and, indeed, the entire panoply of environmental groups) will finally take on the stature required for them to have the level of success that a healthy planet demands.